Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, by Shunryu Suzuki. I had read this before, and am re-reading now. Similarly to my first read, I alternate between feeling like I kind of intuitively get what he's talking about, and feeling like the book is proof that some experiences are felt but not conveyable in words.

Trauma and Recovery: The Aftermath of Violence--from Domestic Abuse to Political Terror, by Judith Hermann. This is excellent, and readable by a lay person. I already own it, but apparently loaned it out or something, because it's sure not here now. Ordered another copy. Thankfully, it's a cheap paperback.

Compassion in Action: Setting Out on the Path of Service, by Ram Dass. Does anyone have any opinions on him? I know who he is, but that's it.

The Trauma Treatment Handbook: Protocols Across the Spectrum (Norton Professional Books)

Seeking Safety: A Treatment Manual for PTSD and Substance Abuse

Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Preventing Relapse

Integrated Treatment for Dual Disorders: A Guide to Effective Practice. ("Dual disorders" or "dual diagnosis" means "mental illness + addiction.")

I'm not even listing all the bazillions of articles I have to read. These are just the textbooks. And it's not even all the textbooks - one professor doesn't have her book list up yet.
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Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression: A New Approach to Preventing Relapse

My ambivalence, let me show you it.

Their research is solid, I think their theories have merit, I think this could be invaluable for lots of people, and in the end it didn't stop me crashing like the Hindenberg. Their data suggests they can halve the relapse rate in people with recurrent depression, I suspect they can, and, well, I was in the other fucking half. I still find myself using some of the techniques in an informal way (I can't have a formal practice because my brain will use it as an opportunity to eat itself). Some of the techniques got tangled up in my insanity and made me feel like shit for not being able to make myself better. I wish they had something -- or at least some acknowledgement -- for people like me.

Good book. Important stuff. I cannot read another fucking Mary Oliver poem without wanting to punch people in the face.
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The thing about Suzuki is IIRC it's a lot of off-the-cuff taped lectures that were posthumously published, and his students transcribed, edited and rearranged them. So he might not have even meant for them to be his big legacy, but I do still like the book.

And not that it looks like you'll have the time to read it BUT RACHE, there's a really fantastic book called Shoes Outside the Door that deals with the birth of Zen in America and this completely whack Svengali figure who sexually abused women, bought priceless art, lived like a sultan while students were scraping by on $50 a month, &c &c. Some of it's here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Zen_Center#Problems

Bonus: the guy who replaced that roshi (well one of them) took a gun off a corpse and threatened people with it. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Francisco_Zen_Center#Tenshin_Reb_Anderson.27s_arrest

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Wow, those all sound great!

B/w my mixed-success with lamictal and beta blockers I am wondering how much of a focus on psychopharmacology you have in your trauma program?
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